Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Constitution Posters

"The Rights of the Accused" poster.Constitution Poster, Social Studies

Bill of Rights in 3 Minutes

Bill of Rights:

Voting Rights: Videos/Infographic

US voting rights have expanded

Voting Rights:

World Studies- U.S. History Geography Review Games

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English 509 and 510 Day before Thanksgiving Project

Journaling idea
Create a "I am Grateful For" poster, using the example above as inspiration.

Monday, November 25, 2013

United States History Constitution Project

Design a poster demonstrating your understanding of the Constitution. Students will be assigned one part of the Constitution as the focus of their project. For example, if you draw "Preamble," you will create a poster demonstrating your understanding of the Preamble or one part of the Preamble. If you draw "Bill of Rights," you may create a poster focusing on one or multiple amendments in the Bill of Rights. If you draw "Articles 1-7," you may select one of the Articles as the focus of your project. If you select Civil War or Voting Amendments, you may choose one or all of the amendments listed.

Use worksheets, packets, notes, etc. as resources when creating your poster. Check the U.S. History basket for worksheets, packets, etc.

Before you begin, complete the ABC Brainstorming worksheet to generate ideas for your poster. You must complete at least 50% of the sheet before beginning the poster. (You must brainstorm at least 14 words or ideas you plan to incorporate into your poster before you begin your poster.)
Example (If you draw Bill of Rights and decide to focus on the First Amendment)
A: Assembly, Activism, Armband
B: Books
C: Citizen, Censor 

Or if you draw "Articles 1-7" and you choose to focus on Article I:
A: Amend, Approve
B: Bill, Borrow
C: Congress, Collect
D: Debate, Declare

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Articles 1-7

Each article covers a general topic, divided into sections which are more specific. For example, Article I is the longest. It has ten sections.

Bill of Rights (1-10)

Bill of Rights added in 1791 to convince the state legislatures to ratify the Constitution.

Time Magazine Special Coverage:,28757,2080345,00.html

Civil War Amendments: 13, 14, 15

Voting Amendments: 15, 19, 26


Here's to the crazy ones.

U.S. Capital Game

Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Could You Pass a Citizenship Test

Could You Pass a Citizenship Test?
Take both tests online and record your answers on the worksheet provided.

What is the capital of the United States?

What is the name of the national anthem?

How many original states were there?

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

In what year was the Constitution written?

What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?

Who becomes the President of the United States if the President AND Vice President should die?

What kind of government does the United States have?

What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?

Now try this Citizenship Test:

 Who signs bills to become laws?
 What did Susan B. Anthony do?
There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
Who is in charge of the executive branch?
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
For extra Credit, take the following quiz on the History Channel website:
or take this quiz:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Tour the World Video

How a Bill Becomes a Law Infographic


Electoral College Explained- Ted Talks Video and Discussion Questions

Which Article describes the Electoral College? A) Article I, B) Article III, C) Article III, D) Article IV

How many electors are there in each presidential election? A) 100 B) 50 C) 365 D) 538

What determines how many electors each state gets? A) Population, B) How wealthy the state is, C) How big the state is, D) Each state gets one elector

Which states are presidential candidates most likely to pay the most attention to: A) North Dakota, New Mexico, Maine, B) Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, C) California, Texas, New York

What year did the presidential candidate win the most electoral votes, but not the popular vote? A) 2000, B) 2004, C) 2008

How does the Electoral College protect small states? A) The electoral college does not protect small states, B) In a close election, every electoral vote counts C) Every state gets one elector so big and small states are equally protected

What are "safe states"?

True or False, Republicans consider Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maryland "Safe States."

Mississippi, Kansas, and Idaho are considered safe states for the ____________ party.

States "teetering" between parties are called ___________ states.

In the past four elections, Ohio and A) Wisconsin, B) New York, C) Alaska, D) Florida have been swing states.

Why is the "magic number" 270?

Look at the infographic below. How many electors does Wisconsin get?

What does the color red symbolize on the map?

What does the color blue symbolize on the map?

Every state except two are "winner take all" states. Which states are not "winner take all" states?

Infographic: The Electoral College - KIDS DISCOVER

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System

Is Justice Color Blind Infographic Duke Study Convictions black white jurors

Discrimination Today (Infographic)


Bogardus Social Distance Scale Exercise

Evaluating Data- The Status of Native Americans

Racial and Ethic Population in the U.S. Infographic

Congress Infographic

Does Congress look like America? #Infographic

Room 167: Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination: Notes

Room 167: Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination: Notes: Notes: Stereotypes: A "stereotype" is a generalization about a person or group of persons. We develop stereotypes when we are ...

Stereotyping Exercise

Students will rotate to different stations around the room answering questions written on large sheets of paper at each station.

Students will brainstorm stereotypes of the following:
Rich, poor, teenager, elderly, Black, White, Native American, Hispanic, man, woman

Students will list four cliques/groups at RVHS. Brainstorm a list of characteristics for each group.

Students will discuss and record where stereotypes are learned.

Students will discuss and record how people's assumptions affect behavior toward people in the stereotyped groups.

Students will discuss and record how they have been affected by a biased assumption against them.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grand Canyon Trivia Game

National Parks Infographic/ Questions

What is the title of the infographic?

What is the purpose of the National Park System?

The National Park system includes ___________parks, _________ monuments, and __________memorials.

The National Park system is part of the Department of ____________.

The first national park, _______________ was established in __________ (year).

The Endangered Species Act was passed into law in ___________.

The most recent national park is _________________, established in _________(year).

Name the only President of the United States who also served as a park ranger.

The largest national park is in the state of _________________.

The smallest national park is in the state of _________________.

The highest point in the United States is ________________.

The longest cave system in the world:

The lowest point in the United States is_________________.

The largest plants on earth are:

Which park has the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states?

Which park has an estimated 1,500 bears ( an average of two bears per square mile)?

Which park has the most visitors per year? A) Smoky Mountains B) Yellowstone C) Yosemite

National Parks Infographic

National Parks Infographic

Did You Know National Park Week Is April 20-28?

Windows into Wonderland

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ted-Talks (How is power divided in the U.S. government?)

You will be given three post-its, on each post-it  list one fact about each of the three branches of government discussed in this video.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Close Reading Exercise)

Chapter 1

You will be given five post-its. On the first two list 10-15 adjectives that describe Arnold (both appearance and mannerisms).

On your third post-it, list three examples of how the author uses humor in his writing. Why do you think Alexie uses humor in his writing?

On your fourth post-it, list three references to poverty.

On your fifth post-it, list three references to life on the reservation.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Power Play Game

Expansion of U.S. Voting Rights

US voting rights have expanded

How Much Money People with Your Personality Make

Take the White House Tour

1. The official office of the President and his primary place of work is:

2. Currently, approximately 200 journalists make up the White House Press Corps. With just 49 chairs in the Briefing Room, the White House Correspondents Association decides who gets the coveted seats. A plaque on each seat displays the name of the news organization to which it is assigned. Where does the White House Press Corps meet?

3.When weather permits, the President’s bill signings, press conferences and diplomatic receptions take place here: 

4. When the President is working in the West Wing, a single __________ stands sentry outside the north entrance. Working in _____ minute shifts, the _______  _______  members make a strong first impression on the dignitaries, leaders and everyday people who visit the West Wing.

5. In 1933, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used the Red Room to host the first of many __________   __________ for women reporters who at that time were excluded from the President's press conferences.

6. During the holidays, the Blue Room is the location of the official White House’s __________  ___________.

7. Designed by George Washington and James Hoban as the “public audience room” of the White House, the large East Room has served a variety of formal and informal purposes. 

Thomas Jefferson’s aide Meriwether Lewis used part of the unfinished East Room for sleeping quarters and an office before leaving to lead the famed ___________ and ___________  _______________.

 It would later serve as the site of President ____________ funeral.

During the Obama Administration, the East Room has been the site of the signing of the __________  __________ Act in March 2010, as well as a music series to celebrate the arts.

8.  In this room, with 42 seats in tiered rows, the First Family and their guests can view current movies, sports games and TV shows.

9. Modernized and expanded in 2007, this 5,000-square-foot complex of rooms is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to monitor national and international intelligence information. It also allows the President to communicate securely with American military commanders and foreign heads of state around the world.

10. The President holds regular meetings with his Cabinet Secretaries and other Administration officials in this room: